By David Woods

17th Jan, 2020 | 6:25pm

MOT View: Leeds can pull off major transfer coup as journo says club offer 'by a mile the best'

Alan Nixon has got a pretty good record when it comes to transfer stories. Leeds United fans are desperately hoping his latest exclusive has got legs.

Nixon reported on Thursday that Leeds have lined up a loan-to-buy deal for Hull’s Jarrod Bowen.

The offer? £3m upfront as a loan fee followed by £12m if Leeds get promoted. If they don’t get promoted? They’ve just paid probably the biggest half-season loan fee in the Championship and Bowen would go back to Hull.

Offer that to a gambling man and they might look at the Leeds form at the moment and think that’s a good spot to take.

It’s certainly a clever offer. It’s not far off what Hull want, which is £20m, and that’s a fee that no one has matched yet.

Nixon himself said on Twitter, “This is not just clever… it is by a mile the best on the table as we speak.’

He also said he was “quietly impressed” with Leeds director of football Victor Orta for making the offer. He called Orta’s move a “cunning plan” and also that the Leeds bid had been made.

It is a cunning plan. It’s about all that Leeds can do at the moment but it’s surely got enough upfront to pique Hull’s interest.

Is it a cunning plan that could work? Hull might want to hold onto Bowen but the player himself would surely be tempted at taking a step up and playing for a side who are odds-on to be playing in the Premier League next season under Marcelo Bielsa.

It might take a lot of pressure internally for him to force a move but the financials aren’t that far off what Hull want. And, Nixon actually took to Twitter after the story broke to say the total was £18m if Leeds go up. That pushes it even closer to the £20m they want.

It might be a slim chance and it might depend on Bowen pushing, but Orta would pull off a major transfer coup if he landed the player. And it’s certainly not an impossibility.

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